School Library System

Week of October 21-25, 2019

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News You Can Use

Save the Date: Information Session on Becoming Certified as a School Librarian

Do you or someone you know want to become a certified school librarian? Is there an administrator in your district who is facing hiring a new school librarian in the next few years? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you will want to pass along the following information to anyone who might be interested.

Questar III School Library System, in partnership with SUNY Albany, St. John Fisher College, and the University of Buffalo Library Science programs, the certification office at Questar III, and several regional librarians will be holding an information session on December 18th at Questar III Central Office beginning at 4 pm. This information session is designed to help certified teachers learn more about the various pathways to being certified as a school library media specialist, and for school administrators learn how they might approach filling those hard to fill school librarian positions.

Register by December 11th:

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Practical EdTech Webinars

You may have heard of Richard Byrne, the creator of Practical EdTech. He posts to social media about his latest and greatest tech tips multiple times per week. You can even sign up for his weekly Tech Tip of the Week. This week he highlights the On Demand webinars that he created. Check them out HERE.

OverDrive Student Privacy Resources

Student privacy and safety are so important. Please consider sharing these resources with teachers, administrators, IT, parents, and more!

Librarian Spotlight - Librarians Needed

We would like to feature a librarian each month who is doing great things. This month we featured Maureen King and her therapy dog, Baxter. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Kerrie or Amanda. We want to shine a spotlight on all of the great things you are doing!

Librarian Recommended Books

At your General Membership Meeting on October 22nd, member librarians shared some titles and authors they have been loving. Enjoy your compiled list!
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Send us your displays-- we love showing you off!

Thank you, Caroline Buinicky, for sharing these FABULOUS displays!
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Professional Learning Opportunities

SLS Professional Learning Catalog

UPDATED! Check out our NEW offerings!

School Library Department Leader Workshop Series

Are you the official, or unofficial, department head of the library program at your school? Are you looking to learn how to juggle it all while also trying to complete your duties as a full time librarian? Wondering how to unite the rest of the librarians in your district toward a common goal? Or are you just curious to see how others manage to do it all? No matter what challenges you may face, there is help. Join us for this four part series of workshops that will focus on program advocacy, budgeting on a district level, working with other librarians in the district, and more.

This will be a four meeting series held throughout the year. The first meeting will be held November 19th at Questar III beginning at Noon. All other dates and times will be determined by the group at the first meeting so as to meet everyone's scheduling needs. Due to the fact that this series is largely based on discussion, if fewer than five people sign up, the series will be cancelled.

Register by November 12th:

TeachingBooks Webinar

Discover the NEW TeachingBooks! All the same great resources! A new look! Explore videos filmed in authors' studios, lessons, book trailers, and vocabulary lists. Discover resources that will expand the experience readers have with books. Deepen connections to books while discovering online materials to engage readers, support families, and empower colleagues. Agenda: Reveal insights with book and author resources Expand accessibility for all audiences Discover new titles that enrich reading. Please register by November 12th.

Date: November 18th

Time: 4 - 5 pm

Location: Zoom Meeting


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Questar III School Library System

Kerrie Burch, Director of School Library System, Model Schools, and Arts

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist